Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bakerville Holiday Festival

Last I looked, we have about 85 auction items. Thank you to everyone who has donated, both the reliable givers whose donations we can look forward to every year, and donors who are just joining us for the first time. We all appreciate everyone who participates!

It’s coming up tonight, December 4th. Since there’s hardly any time (okay, no time) left, I’ll cut to the chase and give you the auction preview.

Late-breaking news: we have some last-minute donations, some repeats from last year—a load of crap (a pickup truck load of horse manure for your garden); a wine and cheese boat tour of West Hill Pond; ski passes to Otis Ridge; and two buckets of fresh-cut holly—and a basket of Dunkin’ Donuts goodies.

We have many bottles of wine. Let me just make that clear right now. They all look delicious. These alone are worth coming in for.

Then there are the things to do: tickets to the Warner Theatre, lift tickets to Ski Sundown and to Mohawk Mountain, passes to three different museums, passes to the steam train and boat ride in Essex, tickets to Better Connecticut with Scott Haney, Sunday night supper with the Auclairs, a half day of fishing on the Farmington with Farmington River Outfitters...

And gift baskets? We have pretty much whatever you could want, including movie nights, homework, dog toys and treats, homemade stationery, coffee with mugs and a French press, more wine with gift cards for books and coffee, lottery tickets, a scrapbook kit.

Speaking of gifts, we have a handmade bag, a world-famous ukulele made right here in New Hartford (we’ll show you how to play it, if you’d like), a therapeutic pillow, lots of cool Christmas decorations, a little something for horse lovers, a handmade Christmas pillowcase (with French seams--check them out), a homemade Queen of Sheba cake, a Santa tea tray, an angel candle holder, wreaths, small Christmas trees, dishes. I can’t even remember the rest.

People have been bidding all week. You can also bid any time today (Friday) during library hours (2–6 pm). Your last chance is this evening (Friday) from 7–9 pm.

We are also holding a drawing for a Nintendo DS Lite, with Super Mario Brothers. Tickets are $5 each, and the drawing will be held at 8:45 pm. All proceeds from the drawing and the auction benefit the Bakerville Library.

The Friends of the Bakerville Library have set up an innovative nook for Mrs. Claus at the firehouse next door, so kids can visit with her and give her letters for Santa. Remember to put a name and return address on your letters, so they can be answered. Anne Demichiel will be singing with kids, and crafts, cookies, and cider will be available.

We’ve heard that the library board is busy planning the tree lighting, bonfire, carol sing, and refreshments across the street from the library, also starting at 7 pm.

We’re all looking forward to having you join us!

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